FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 19, 2016
FWP Seeks Comment on Upper Clark Fork Floodplain Closure
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking comment on a proposed rule that would close public access to a four-and-a-half mile stretch of the Clark Fork river floodplain from Galen to Gem Back Road from July 15, 2016 through September 15, 2018 to protect newly planted vegetation.
This section of the Clark Fork has been closed to all foot traffic and floater access for over a year for safety, while crews used heavy machinery to remove contaminated soils and now complete habitat reconstruction and re-vegetation. The proposed rule calls for floating and wading to be allowed again beginning July 15, but the floodplain would remain closed.
This project is part of many phases of cleanup and restoration work on the Milltown/Clark Fork River Superfund Site that extends from Warm Springs Ponds to Milltown, just east of Missoula.
Comments can be submitted online through 5 p.m. on June 17, 2016 at fwp.mt.gov under “Submit Public Comments.” Comments can also be mailed to the FWP Region 2, Attn. Sharon Rose, 3201 Spurgin Road, Missoula MT, 59804.
Information & Education Program Manager
MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 2
3201 Spurgin Road; Missoula, MT 59804
Office: (406) 542-5518 / Cell: (406) 240-2004